Amman, Jordan’s capital city, has a population of over 4 million people and is a popular tourism destination for commercial, cultural, and political reasons. Spring and fall are the best times to visit Amman, with typical high temperatures of roughly 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) and little rain.
Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East, mesmerizing visitors with its culture, nature, and ancient monuments that are still waiting to be found. If you’re planning a trip to this charming country with its historical artifacts, many of which have served as film sets for famous Hollywood productions such as Indiana Jones, ancient towns that resemble open-air museums, deserts to watch beautiful sunsets, safari opportunities, the Dead Sea with a view of Jerusalem, and its ancient capital of legendary beauty Amman, which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site Jordan was also the first country in the Middle East to adopt business aviation in the 1970s.
Jordan has one of the greatest support networks for business aviation operators in the area, with many aircraft operators, fixed-based operators, maintenance facilities, and aviation training schools.
In this blog, we will clarify the important operational and ground support service aspects that must be taken into consideration when planning a business aviation flight to Jordan.
Jordan’s capital, Amman, is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the world’s oldest towns. Amman, the country’s largest city at the time, is said to have been founded around 7000 B.C., and despite its long history, it stands out as a more vibrant settlement today. The capital has several historical treasures from the various civilizations that have called it home. The Roman Theatre, one of the region’s oldest remains, is the city’s most appealing attraction. This massive structure, which can hold 6000 people, is a must-see attraction in the capital.
In addition, the Temple of Hercules dates to the Romans, as well as the Amman Citadel, King Abdullah I Mosque, which is one of the city’s emblems, and the magnificent Mshatta Palace, which was erected in 743, are all must-see sites. The Amman Archeological Museum is a place where you may learn about the city’s history in chronological order.
Jordan has developed to be one of the most important aviation hubs in the Middle East, thanks to its strategic location at the Levant’s entrance. The country, which has two international airports and a powerful flag-carrier airline, offers flights to an amazing number of destinations while also facilitating regional travel to countries experiencing political unrest and travel restrictions. The Jordan Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission oversees all the country’s aviation operations to guarantee passenger safety. The Jordanian army maintains a high level of security at all airports. Unless the flight is a VIP flight, private security is not permitted for either the aircraft or the passengers.
Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) is located 30 kilometers south of Jordan’s capital, Amman, and is named after Queen Alia, who died in a helicopter crash in 1977. It is the country’s primary aviation site, servicing approximately 8.9 million passengers in 2019. It is also home to Royal Jordanian Airlines.
The airport was constructed in 1983 to replace Amman Civil Airport, which had overrun its capacity due to an increase in air travel demand that was unparalleled at the time. Jordan is now connected to over 61 locations via (AMM) The airport’s two 3,660m runways accommodate over 49 different domestic and international carriers, including Turkish Airlines, Air Arabia, Lufthansa, and Ryanair.
King Hussein International (KHIA) is in the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, in a unique location that is between Jordan’s, Palestine’s, Egypt’s, and Saudi Arabia’s four borders. It provides access to a fertile region that serves Jordan as an industrial hub as well as a developing tourist destination.
The airport began with a single runway, a tiny terminal, and a 200×110 square meter parking apron, which was inaugurated by King Hussein in 1972. In 2002, the airport underwent expansions that resulted in a rebuilt terminal with additional duty-free businesses and a new baggage processing system.
Commonly known as Marka international airport, is an un-scheduled airport located in Marka district, Greater Amman Municipality, Jordan, some 5 km northeast of Amman city center.
The airport no longer has any scheduled commercial passenger flights after serving as the city’s primary airport from 1950 until 1983. However, it continues to operate as Amman’s primary general aviation airport, as well as an aviation education and training center and a freight hub. It is the home base for Arab Wings and Jordan International Air Cargo, as well as the headquarters of the Jordan Airports Company.
When flying to Jordan, all business aviation trips, whether private or charter commercial non-scheduled aircraft, require landing permission. CARC (Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission) is the Jordanian entity in charge of issuing overflight and landing permissions. After receiving clearance from the airport authorities, CARC grants the landing authorization.
Scheduled flights: commercial air transport service offered to the public, this type of flight (passengers, cargo, and mail) is operated as a series of flights, and the airline or its representative is obligated to inform the responsible department at CARC of their seasonal flight schedule (Summer and Winter) at least 30 days before the commencement of operation and 60 days in case of first-time operation. This type of scheduled flight starts or ends at a Jordanian airport.
Forbidden Dangerous Goods: prohibited materials in accordance with the Civil Aviation Law in force, the instructions issued pursuant to it, or the decisions of the council.
The applicant, for first-time operation, shall submit a permit request form to land at Jordanian airports for scheduled flights duly completed at all required documents and information attached 60 working days prior to the commencement of operation for the two seasons (winter/summer).
Non-scheduled flights: charter flights that do not include direct booking for its flights, and are regulated by Jordan Civil Aviation Regulations (general aviation) (medical evacuation flight), technical stops (passengers and/or cargo/ferry), private flights, maintenance flights, and test flights)
The permit request form to land at Jordanian airports on non-scheduled flights (charter or private) with all required documents through a licensed
Aircraft service supervision agent for charter and private flights, or the representative or the local general sales agent (GSA) of the designated airlines operating into Jordan.
Note: a request for any modification or addition of flight shall be submitted 24 hours prior to the flight’s time.
Scheduled Overflights: scheduled flights that overfly the Jordanian airspace and carry cargo (general cargo or dangerous goods), (passengers and general cargo, and passengers).
The permit Request form to overfly Jordanian airspace for scheduled flights with all required documents attached through a licensed Aircraft service supervision agent for charter and private flights, or the representative or the local general sales agent (GSA) of the designated airlines operating in Jordan.
Note: a request for any modification or addition of flights shall be submitted 5 working days prior to the date of flights.
The permit Request form to overfly Jordanian airspace for non-scheduled flights (charter or private) with all required documents attached through a
licensed Aircraft Services Supervision Agent for Charter and Private Flights, or through the representative or the local general sales agent (GSA) of the designated airline operating in Jordan.
Note: If a request is not approved, the applicant will be notified with reasons thereof via an electronic message.
Approved Base of operations
|Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ)||Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)|
|Menzes||Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA)|
|Jordan International Air cargo||Amman Civil Airport (ACA)|
|Royal Wings||Amman Civil Airport (ACA)|
|Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ)||King Hussein International Airport (KHIA)|
|National Air Service (NAS)||King Hussein International Airport (KHIA)|
|JP JET||King Hussein International Airport (KHIA)|
Royal Jordanian and Aviation Handling Services are the ground handling providers in OJAI (AHS). Except for Royal Court visitors, all business aviation at OJAI uses the same commercial terminal.
Jordanian Private Jets Services (JPJets) has owned and operated a VIP terminal in Aqaba OJAQ since January 2013, on a 10000 m2 plot of land near the Royal Pavilion. The terminal has a royal lounge, main lounge, five-star kitchen and buffet, a crew lounge, staff offices, and four day-use guestrooms on the first level. The FBO has dedicated immigration and customs facilities.
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Queen Alia international airport (AMM/OJAI) has a limited supply of AVGAS. It can be supplied in OJAM as well with pre-arrangement also Amman Civil Airport (ADJ/OJAM) has excellent fuel services.
Jordan petroleum is the only aviation fuel supplier in all Jordanian airports. Fuel is always available with no shortages.
Because iJET has agreements with regional and large aviation fuel providers in Jordan, we can supply you with cost-effective and high-quality aviation fuel services at all of Jordan’s main airports.
Flight and cabin crew are not required to have a visa to enter Jordan. They can enter on General Declaration (GENDEC) for 3 days in Queen Alia international airport (AMM/OJAI) and 7 days in King Hussein international airport (AQJ/OJAQ) and Amman Civil Airport (ADJ/OJAM).
According to their nationality, travelers are separated into three categories: restricted, unrestricted, and exempted. Passengers from banned countries must apply for a visa at one of Jordan’s diplomatic missions across the world. Passengers from unrestricted nations can get a visa at the airport upon arrival.
Almost all European, North, and South American nations, as well as numerous Southeast Asian nationalities, are eligible for unlimited visas. Passengers with unrestricted visas are granted a one-month residence permit, which can be extended by visiting a police station and completing a medical examination.
There is a range of lodging alternatives to suit all budgets, ranging from a mattress on a rooftop to luxurious hotels. Most visitors base themselves in Amman, Madaba, the Dead Sea, Wadi Mousa, or Aqaba and then explore the sights from there. Luxurious resorts surrounding the Dead Sea offer a variety of spa treatments that take advantage of the local waters’ restorative powers.
During local holidays, hotels in popular regions (particularly Aqaba and the Dead Sea) might be completely booked. Summer is typically avoided by tourists, ranging from March to May and September to November, but Jordan is now a year-round attraction. Rates are subject to a 20% tax and service surcharge (this varies depending on location and facilities).
Using public cabs for the crew is not suggested because of the recent unrest in the Middle East. It is recommended to use private chauffeured transportation, which is commonly accessible.
iJET will ensure that all your flight support requirements are met for your journey to Jordan to run well. A successful and on-time flight is dependent on timely permit acquisition, efficient ground handling services, and good trip planning